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Remarks by Labour Party candidate for Rochdale disgraceful and unforgivable

Our statement regarding the comments made by Labour Party candidate for Rochdale, Azhar Ali, who claimed that Israel deliberately allowed its citizens to be massacred on October 7:

“These comments are disgraceful and unforgivable. Were it not too late to do so, we would have called on Labour to replace Mr Ali as a candidate.

“It is clear to us that Mr Ali is not apologising out of a genuine sense of remorse. Despite what he says in his apology, we do not see how we could possibly engage with him at this time, and we believe other leading Jewish communal groups will feel similarly.”

Our statement regarding the comments made by Labour Party candidate for Rochdale, Azhar Ali, who claimed that Israel deliberately allowed its citizens to be massacred on October 7: “These comments are disgraceful and unforgivable. Were it not too late to do so, we would have called on Labour to replace Mr Ali as a candidate. “It is clear to us that Mr Ali is not apologising out of a genuine sense of remorse. Despite what he says in his apology, we do not see how we could possibly engage with him at this time, and we believe other leading Jewish communal groups will feel similarly.”

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